Teacher Residency Program

  • Are you interested in....Teacher addressing classroom

    • Earning your Teaching License in 12 months?

    • Interning four days a week with an expert mentor teacher in your residency school?

    • Learning alongside a cohort of peers with whom you will work all year?

    • Building a relationship with an expert instructional leader in K–12 education, who will advise and support you through one-on-one observation, coaching, and dialogue?

    • Receiving priority consideration for a full-time position upon successful completion of the program?

    • Doing all of this at a cost that is affordable and includes financial support?

    The Teach McHenry County Teacher Residency Program might be the perfect fit! See below for program and application information.

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About the Program

  • Woodstock Community Unit School District 200, in collaboration with Aurora University, has initiated a teacher residency program for individuals who have bachelor’s degrees in areas other than education who would like to teach but lack an Illinois Professional Educator License.

    The program, funded by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education, will allow candidates to be paired with mentor teachers during the school year while they take their teaching license coursework throughout the school year. Resident trainees will receive a stipend and reduced costs for their tuition.

    Residents will be placed in one of District 200’s elementary schools and receive their teaching license with an endorsement in elementary education in grades 1-6 upon successful completion of the program. The 12-month program will begin in May 2022.

    People who successfully complete the program will get priority consideration for available full-time teaching positions in the district.

    If you have additional questions that are not addressed here or in the FAQ section below, please contact Keely Krueger, Assistant Superintendent for Early Childhood & Elementary Education: kkrueger@wcusd200.org or 815.334.3410.

Application Process

  • Minimum Requirements to Apply

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • GPA of 3.0 
    • U.S Citizen, national or permanent resident

    The application period for the 2022-23 school year will be open soon, and applications will be due by Monday, Oct. 4, 2021.

    A link to the application will be posted here as soon as the online posting is available in our HR system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the program begin and end?

  • Do I need to have an education degree to participate or apply?

  • Can I apply to the Teacher Residency Program if I already have a teaching license?

  • Will I need to take any additional prerequisite courses before starting the program?

  • At the end of the program, will I earn a Master’s degree? 

  • What is the process to obtain a PEL?

  • How much is the stipend that Residents receive?

  • What does a Resident’s schedule look like?

  • Where can I go if I have additional questions about the Teach McHenry County Teacher Residency Program?